- Posted 13 Jan
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You’re looking to upgrade your car with your next purchase, but you’re concerned about fuel prices. You’re looking for a car with the best all-round features, but you notice that a lot of them have larger engines that what you’re currently driving, and you’re worried that an upgrade is going to cost you even more in the long-run…
Before you buy your next car, understand that there are ways to drive for fuel efficiency. The following tips will help you save on fuel and money, so that you can buy the car that you actually want.
#1: Reduce usage
While this might seem obvious, once you stop to think about whether you actually need to drive the car to grab milk and bread, it will make you think twice.
Did you know that it takes your engine about 10kms to warm up and operate at its peak operating temperature?
So if you’re travelling less than 5kms, you’re actually going to burn through more fuel stopping and starting the car.
Think twice before jumping in the car — do you really need to drive, or could you walk?
#2: Use the right gear
If you drive around in a lower gear than what the car needs, you’re wasting fuel.
If you leave your car in top gear while driving on hills and around corners, you’re also wasting fuel.
If you need to accelerate harder between changing gears in a manual, then you’re using more fuel. Only change gear when the car is comfortable to move into a higher gear, without having to accelerate more.
In an automatic, simply ease off the pedal once the car has momentum, so that the transmission can shift smoothly, to save on fuel.
#3: Minimise idle times
The more stop/start driving you do, the less efficient your car will be. If you can, avoid travelling during peak hours and avoid roads when congested.
Most modern cars don’t need to be warmed up once started, so you don’t need to sit waiting for the car to be warm before starting your journey. If you do get stuck in congested traffic, turn the car off so that it isn’t idling for longer than 2 minutes. This will help to reduce fuel consumption.
#4: Reduce speed
If you’re not in a hurry to get anywhere, then travel at a reduced speed on the open highway.
If you can drive at around 90 km/h, then you’ll reduce fuel consumption significantly. If you travel at 110 km/h, your car can use up to 25% more fuel in comparison.
If you have cruise control as an option in your car, use this while driving on the highway to help maintain the lower speed so you can save on fuel.
#5: Monitor your tyres
Check your tyres every 30 days to ensure that they are at the correct pressure and that they are properly aligned. By doing this, you’ll ensure that your tyres are driving at optimal tread and this will help to reduce fuel consumption and the life of your tyres.
If you’re in the market for a new car, chat to our team at Australian Credit and Finance. We can help you find the right car, at the right price, delivered straight to your door.